If you have spent any amount of time on earth, at some point or another you have felt burnt out, whether it be excessive school work, managing the kids’ schedules, or a huge project deadline at work. Burnout is not just physical exhaustion, as some may think it to be, it can also cause emotional and spiritual fatigue as well. In a Psychology Today article, Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter stated that,
“Burnout is defined as a state of chronic stress and frustration that leads to:
- Physical and emotional exhaustion;
- Feelings of cynicism and detachment; and
- A sense of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”
In another article, I read that a new cause of employee burnout is always “Being On”. Social media, smart phones and access to work emails pressures people to be “on,” even after hours. Burnout is a serious issue, one which many people ignore, but to the detriment of themselves, and everyone around them. Someone once said that,
“Burn out is what happens to you when lose your purpose.”
I think that is such a great observation. The times in my life when I have felt burnt out, I was at my lowest point, finding myself going through the motions, aimlessly adrift with no purpose and no hope. John Maxwell put it this way,
Burn out can have serious consequences on every aspect of our lives including our will to help others. It can affect out family lives and our health. If your answer to the question is “yes,” that you are burnt out, then I encourage you to take a break from the hectic schedule, and pressures of life and get some much needed R&R. The time you take to just “stop and take a breath” well pay dividends!
Here is a final word from Steven Furtick from his incredible sermon series called “Moodswingers.”
“Burnout is when the demand placed on you is greater than the resource available to you. Could it be that if God’s presence is inside you that you have unlimited resource. But just when your lights go out, you no longer can access what’s available to you?”
Watch the rest of the sermon recap below.